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World Health Day (7 April) about vector-borne diseases

February 24, 2014 - 19:50 -- Bart G.J. Knols

This year World Health Day has its focus on vector-borne diseases, including malaria. The World Health Organization has set specific goals for this day, and is asking the international community working on malaria and other vectors to pay special attention towards protection from vector-borne diseases.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about the threat posed by vectors and vector-borne diseases and to stimulate families and communities to take action to protect themselves. A core element of the campaign will be to provide communities with information. As vector-borne diseases begin to spread beyond their traditional boundaries, action needs to be expanded beyond the countries where these diseases currently thrive.
 
More broadly, through the campaign, WHO aims for the following:
 
- families living in areas where diseases are transmitted by vectors know how to protect themselves;
- travelers know how to protect themselves from vectors and vector-borne diseases when travelling to countries where these pose a health threat;
- in countries where vector-borne diseases are a public health problem, ministries of health put in place measures to improve the protection of their populations; and
- in countries where vector-borne diseases are an emerging threat, health authorities work with environmental and relevant authorities locally and in neighbouring countries to improve integrated surveillance of vectors and to take measures to prevent their proliferation.
 
More information about this event can be found on the WHO website (click here).
 
MalariaWorld strongly supports this event and will report on it in the coming month. We welcome suggestions from subscribers as to what can be done to achieve these goals. If you have good ideas, please submit them as a comment below this blog.